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How to handle betting on Suns-Lakers

Devin Booker is hot and Anthony Davis’ shoulder has him to be listed as questionable for the contest. We break down the lines and odds on DK Sportsbook.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker warms up before a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Both the Phoenix Suns (13-20) and Los Angeles Lakers (26-7) have won two games straight and are hunting for a third consecutive victory on Wednesday. The last time these two teams met it made for a competitive contest, and this one might be as well.

The Suns have benefited from heaving a healthy Devin Booker back in the fold and getting Deandre Ayton back from a 25-game suspension. Their only health issue to speak of deals with Frank Kaminsky, who is questionable with a knee injury. The Lakers on the other hand have Anthony Davis listed as probable because of a sore shoulder. That covers all the major injuries, so let’s take a look at some lines on DraftKings Sportsbook:

76ers vs. Wizards spread, over/under, money line

Spread: Suns (+11.5)
Over/Under: 226.5
Moneyline: Suns (+500), Lakers (-670)

The Lakers are one of the best defensive teams in NBA this year, but Phoenix has the league’s sixth-ranked offense this year and is scoring 114.3 points per game. The Suns managed to put up 115 points on the Lakers without Ayton earlier this season, so I don’t think putting the ball in the basket should be a problem this time around. The O/U has a good chance of hitting. Los Angeles should win this game, but if AD is ruled out it could be worth placing a bet on the Phoenix to come out on top. The Brow’s length and lateral quickness does a ton for the Lakers’ rim protection and switchability when defending the perimeter. His impact on that end shouldn’t be underestimated.

Prediction: Lakers 125, Suns 118

Devin Booker makes over 2.5 3-pointers (+135)

Booker has been cold from long range lately and only made two of his last 24 attempts from beyond the arc. But he also experiencing a bump in shooting volume. Few venues draw out a player’s desire to have a big night like the Staples Center, so look for Booker to dial it up from deep in Los Angeles.

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